These Easy Orange Vanilla Cupcakes are so easy to make and taste like an orange creme popsicle! Perfect for a summer picnic dessert or for a luau party. These start with a boxed cake mix to save time!
Hi Friends! Today I am sharing an old favorite from a few years ago. These citrus cupcakes are perfect for celebrating a summer day. These Orange Vanilla cupcakes start with orange juice and remind me of a creamsicle.
What is a Creamsicle?
A creamsicle is a frozen treat from when I was a kid. It is basically a fruit popsicle on the outside, filled with vanilla ice cream on the inside. I personally loved the orange creamsicle flavor the best and I took a cake mix and added a few ingredients to basically make Creamsicle cupcakes.
I used the Vanilla cake mix so that when it was mixed in with the orange juice, it tasted a bit like a creamsicle.
Then I added one of those little orange jelly candies to each one. My grandmother used to have these jelly candies at her house every time we visited so I love that these cupcakes remind me of her.
These cupcakes are frosted with an orange buttercream frosting, made with fresh orange zest, which is a nice frosting flavor for summer.
For more great summer cupcake recipes, try these:
Mango Cupcakes – Made with fresh mangos and one of our top cupcake recipes.
Coconut Lime Cupcakes – A light cupcake that tastes like key lime pie in cupcake form.
Kit Kat cupcakes – a fun way to enjoy the favorite chocolate candy flavors.
Orange Vanilla Cupcakes
1 box Vanilla cake mix
1 cup of orange juice
1/2 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Put cupcake liners in muffin tin.
Mix together above ingredients and pour into cupcake liners.
Bake at 350 degrees, as directed on cake box.
Frost when cool with buttercream recipe below.
Orange Buttercream Frosting Recipe
When cool, frost with buttercream icing. Instead of milk, I used orange juice. Add a teaspoon of orange zest and if desired, add a few drops of orange food coloring to the icing.
Make the cupcakes the day before and frost with orange buttercream the day you need them.
You can get a similar flavor from making vanilla cupcakes with orange buttercream icing. It is a lighter version of the same flavor combinations.
Have you ever had a creamsicle?